Books / Reviews

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Apr 20, 2015 0 Comments

Reconceptualizing Security in the Americas in the 21st Century Books / Reviews, Publications


SFS executive director Joseph Humire was recently published for his chapter in the book Reconceptualizing Security in the Americas in the 21st Century (Lexington Books, 2014). Humire’s chapter: Venezuela: Trends in Organized Crime, addresses and analyzes how the Venezuelan government uses state-power to fuel, broker and facilitate transnational organized crime. This specific chapter on Venezuela discusses how PDVSA has fueled… the Bolivarian Armed Forces have brokered… and the Venezuelan government, writ large, has been overrun… by organized crime. He discusses the role that Venezuelan government officials like Diosdado Cabello, Hugo Carvajal, Tareck El Aissami and many others have in fostering this trend. And the links they have made to extra-regional criminal groups and terrorist organizations.

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May 8, 2013 0 Comments

Rethinking the Reset Button: Understanding Contemporary Russian Foreign Policy Books / Reviews


A former official of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), Dr. Evgueni Novikov defected to the United States in 1988 and has utilized his extensive background and experience, to share insights in “Rethinking the Reset Button” that enable a more comprehensive understanding of Russia’s political culture and their not so well known International Department (ID) of CPSU’s central committee.  Continue Reading »

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May 25, 2012 0 Comments

Book Review of Jorge Vestrynge’s “Peripheral Warfare and Revolutionary Islam” Books / Reviews


SFS Executive Director, Joseph M. Humire wrote a book review for the 2012 Spring/Summer issue of the Journal of International Security Affairs.  Mr. Humire reviews Jorge Vestrynge’s infamous book on “Peripheral Warfare and Revolutionary Islam: Origins, Rules and Ethics of Asymmetric Warfare,” and writes in the review:

Despite Verstrynge’s lack of bonafides as a military strategist, his work was considered to be good enough for him to be named a “military consultant” to the Venezuelan Armed Forces. And while not a best-seller in his home country of Spain, the endorsement of his book by Hugo Chávez has placed Verstrynge in high regard indeed among the world’s leading extremists. For Verstrynge, so enamored with radical ideology both leftist and Islamist, that may be reward enough.

Read the entire book review after the jump:  … Continue Reading »